An Advent Scene
Marion created a visual representation of the opening chapter of Mark's Gospel -
“I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way”, "a voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’”
The candle in the foreground represents John the Baptist as he called people to repentance and baptism in the river Jordan (blue tie on the right). John was preparing a straight path (other tie) for the people to walk on (shoes) which is pointing towards Jesus (cross and candle), the one who will baptise with the Holy Spirit.
In a Gospel that uses the word "immediately" 41 times (more than the other Gospels), Mark, at the very start of his writings, asks us to remember to slow down and prepare for the coming of Jesus and we can do this too during Advent.
We are very much looking forward to three more Bible Studies on Advent with Marion, from Luke, Matthew and John's Gospels, as we move through this season of waiting and preparation - hopefully with some more visual aids - towards Christmas Day.